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Pakistan workers jailed under anti-terrorism laws and labour news from Asia

June 9, 2012
| Pakistan workers jailed under anti-terrorism laws and labour news from Asia.
Length: 29:46

Not Rex: C-38 Special

The 38 Special was the official calibre for police handguns for over 80 years. Now Bill C-38 is going to blow away over 80 years of Canadian labour and environmental regulations.

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Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon. Photo: Connect 2 Canada/Flickr
| June 4, 2012

(Strike) Breaking news: Conservatives push back-to-work legislation on CP dispute

Teamsters rally on Parliament Hill today against the CP back-to-work legislation. (Photo: Karl Nerenberg / rabble.ca)
Teamsters rally on Parliament Hill today against back-to-work legislation expected to be voted on tonight.

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Workers get railroaded by Conservatives: Understanding the CP strike

Teamsters rally on Parliament Hill today against the CP back-to-work legislation. (Photo: Karl Nerenberg / rabble.ca)

On May 23, 4800 CP Rail workers went on strike after giving a 72-hour strike notice on May 19. The workers, represented by the Teamsters Rail Conference of Canada, had voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike on April 27.

The major issue is pensions, but there are also other areas of dispute such as fatigue management and workplace safety. The company is seeking to devalue existing pensions by 40 per cent in a move that would affect both new hires and long-time CP workers who have paid into the company pension plan for years.

Lisa Raitt's exercise in hypocrisy

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| May 18, 2012

The Time We All Went Marching spins tales from On to Ottawa

The Time We All Went Marching

The Time We All Went Marching

by Arley McNeney
(Goose Lane Editions,
2011;
$19.95)

The last spike was driven in the transcontinental railway in 1885, satisfying a commitment made to British Columbia by the Canadian federal government. The railway would unite the Confederation, open up new lands for colonization, and provide greater access for industry and trade. Fifty years later, in June 1935, hundreds of unemployed men took to those same rails in what was dubbed the On to Ottawa Trek.

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Movie: Big Boys Gone Bananas!

May 14, 2012
| Big Boys Gone Bananas! documents the campaign Dole waged against Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten to try to prevent him from showing his film Bananas! from being distributed in the United States.
Length: 13:55

May Day actions worldwide and across Canada

May Day actions in Toronto got started with some human chess at City Hall. (Photo: David Coombs)
May Day actions in Toronto got started with some human chess at City Hall.

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Asia Pacific Currents

Workers memorial day: Mourn the dead, fight for the living

April 28, 2012
| Labour news from the Asia Pacific region. Interview about about workplace diseases and injuries at Samsung, with Dr. Jeong-ok Kong from the Korean group SHARPS.
Length: 29:48
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